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1. Inside Fan Verification: now you need a cell phone to buy New York Comic Con tickets

IMG_5922A few days ago ReedPOP announced a new "Fan Verification" system for buying tickets for NYCC. ReedPOP head Lance Fensterman told us the system was in order to combat scalping, but also to get more of a snapshot of who wants to attend New York Comic-Con. Getting "verified" is key because online sales is the only way to buy NYCC badges this year. In the past there were some on site and retail sales but no more.

4 Comments on Inside Fan Verification: now you need a cell phone to buy New York Comic Con tickets, last added: 5/26/2016
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2. 6 Things Every Game of Thrones Fan Should Own

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 12.31.17 AMWinter is coming… and it’s bringing souvenirs. With this month’s return of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s time to plan all the viewing parties or whatever your celebration ritual might be. Revels! Comics Beat was invited to get hands on with the sheer tidal wave of merchandise, both current and upcoming, for one of cable’s most rabid […]

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3. ECCC ’16: The Comic Book Women Have the Secrets To Help You Sell Your Creator Owned Book

eccc-round-hiThe Comic Book Women, an advocacy group helping raise the profile of women working in comics, had a great showing at Emerald City Comic Con this year with several panels this year. This wasn’t a case of putting women on a panel and focusing on their gender perspective. It was about providing a group of talented women that could share their experience and provide insight into how to make it in the comic book industry—resulting in a panel for everyone. What secrets did they share on selling your comic book?

2 Comments on ECCC ’16: The Comic Book Women Have the Secrets To Help You Sell Your Creator Owned Book, last added: 4/13/2016
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4. Column: 15 Ways To Get Ahead In Advertising Comics.

SHR_v2_001_COVERBKen Marcus, the man behind some of the funniest and/or most annoying Geico commercials of all times, gives some advice on how to market your indie comics gleaned from his years in advertising.

5 Comments on Column: 15 Ways To Get Ahead In Advertising Comics., last added: 4/10/2016
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5. ComicsPRO: Gabriel and Gaines win Industry Appreciation Awards, DC’s four hour town hall

The ComicsPRO meeting has wrapped up, but not without presenting its two Industry Appreciation awards. Marvel’s svp of sales and marketing David Gabriel won one and MAD/EC founder Bill Gaines won the second. Two awards are presented annually, one to a living and one posthumously. Gabriel released a statement as follows: I am honored to […]

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6. The Retailer’s View // After-Rebirth

Cbh9CswUYAA5U29.jpgOne of these “strike while the iron is hot” deals. Or more accurately, strike when your brain feels like co-operating. Last night, DC took the stage at this year’s Comics Pro meeting to talk about their upcoming Rebirth initiative, and was met with resounding murmurs from the internet. The reasons for this are plentiful, starting […]

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7. Meanwhile, elsewhere at ComicsPRO: Fighting with Chuck Palahniuk and heading for the Boom RV

Cbhv834UYAEne4gThe press isn’t allowed at ComicsPRO, but who needs reporters when you have social media? Faith Eein Hicks made a moving speech about Strange Adventures, her local comics shop, and Fight Cub 2 author Chuck Palahniuk charmed people by fighting with them. Here’s a twitter snapshot of what else has been going on, mixed with […]

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8. ComicsPRO: Dark Horse announces Cullen the barbarian, new all-ages Gail Simone and Moebius Library Vol. 1

Some Dark Horse news comics out of the ComicsPRO presentation: • Cullen Bunn and Sergio Dávila are taking over Conan with a new #1, Conan the Slayer, due in July. Lee Bermejo will provide covers, and MArk Schultz does the variant for issue #1. Conan the Slayer #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Sergio Dávila
Cover: Lee Bermejo
Variant: Mark […]

1 Comments on ComicsPRO: Dark Horse announces Cullen the barbarian, new all-ages Gail Simone and Moebius Library Vol. 1, last added: 2/18/2016
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9. ComicsPRO underway in Portland—is DC’s Rebirth on the agenda?

Here's part of the ComicsPro swag bag. pic.twitter.com/2vYZNxWPhG — matt roberts (@mr_oberts) February 18, 2016 ComicsPRO, the annual meeting of the top retailers organization in North America, is taking place in Portland, OR for the next three days, with publishers and retailers meeting in a relaxed and productive setting. The meeting is closed to the […]

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10. The Retailer’s View // Rebirthing Pains

CZWmORAWcAEl54H.jpgIt’s been quite a while since the last edition of The Retailer’s View, and there are several reasons for that. Almost all of them can be grouped under the heading “year one of a business is tricky as hell”, though a bit can be attributed to the emotional drop I encountered at the end of […]

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11. Retailer Lee Hester explains why his 29-year-old comics shop is closing

As we reported earlier today, the San Mateo location of Lee's Comics is closing after 29 years in business. We reached out to owner Lee Hester for more of the story, and he responded below: We wish him well with his remaining store in Mountain View.

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12. Lee’s Comics in San Mateo to close in March

The Californian comics scene is losing a store that lasted 29years, as the Lee’s Comics store in San Mateo is closing. The Mountain View location will remain open.Owner Lee Hester revealed the closing in his newsletter: I’m very sorry to tell you this, but after 29 years, due to adverse business conditions, we must close […]

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13. Unscientific Twitter poll: 66% of readers buy comics based on diversity

tumblr_nt51hpaQEU1qa1a2ko1_1280A couple of snap polls on Twitter suggest that people pick up comics for many reasons, but here's our own comprehensive poll -- vote often and early!

5 Comments on Unscientific Twitter poll: 66% of readers buy comics based on diversity, last added: 2/10/2016
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14. Coca Cola and Marvel are teaming up for the Super Bowl

It seems Marvel and Coke are teaming up for something on February 7th, the day of...the big game? The Super Bowl! A Super Bowl ad for Marvel -themed Coke cans? Characters shown: Iron Man, Hulk, Cap, Black Widow, Falcon and Ant-Man.

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15. Wal-mart may set up their own graphic novel sections

Despite the jitters everyone is having about the Big Two's periodical publishing programs, as we reported the other day, graphic novels did pretty well in 2015, with sales up 22% in bookstores. Calvin Reid follows up on this sanguine report with an interview with Diamond Book Distributions Kuo Yu Liang, who says 2016 will probably be their best year ever.:

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16. Are we seeing the twilight of the “Big Two”?

We’ve been keeping an eye on threats of eroding comics sales that may spell trouble ahead for the comics industry, and it isn’t just Brian Hibbs any more. Big Bang Comics in Dublin, Ireland went on a tweet-storm yesterday criticizing not only DC’s anemic relaunch but Marvel’s increasingly tepid flood of titles no one is […]

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17. The Comic Den in Kew Gardens closes because “We don’t have enough readers”

extralarge.jpg The Comic Den, a 25-year-old comics shop in Kew Gardens, is closing down at the end of the month for troubling reasons: “The new generation of readers is going online,” said Janet Vargas, who co-owns the store with her husband Luis, adding that the decision is not rent related. “We don’t have enough readers.” Over the years, […]

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18. A case study in longevity: The Badger vs Don Winslow of the Navy (PLUS PAUL POPE)

Recently I posted a news item about the new Badger book from Devil’s Due having low orders. Writer/creator Mike Baron reached out to me about it, and I presume he reached out to some other folks who remember the Badger from his 80s run. Part of the Capitol Comics/First Comics indie era, The Badger was […]

10 Comments on A case study in longevity: The Badger vs Don Winslow of the Navy (PLUS PAUL POPE), last added: 1/17/2016
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19. Locust Moon comics shop in Philadelphia is closing

[Photo via FB] NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! First Bergen Street and Now Locust Moon, another comics shop that had great taste and led the way to a wider view of comics with not only a great store but a Festival and an award winning Little Nemo anthology. The Philadelphia-based store had a good run, but now as co-owner […]

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20. Is Marvel’s Relaunch Stumbling Out of the Gate?

ironman3The November sales estimate headlines are all about how the market is up, owing to Dark Knight 3, Vader Down and a metric ton of Marvel’s relaunched #1’s. You expect a certain amount of that. Stunts sell, as long as the publishers don’t over-extend the market for variant covers (and they sure seem aggressive in emphasizing those instead of the content in between the covers). What you’d miss out on if you only read the headlines is that Marvel’s #2 and #3 issues aren’t getting a ton of traction relative to those gaudy #1 sales totals.

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21. DC Comics to start double shipping some titles

It’s obvious to anyone who’s been looking at the sales charts of late that DC is having something of a sales problem, with levels not bouncing back after Convergence and the DC You relaunch something of a dud. Dark Knight III was a cash injection but it hasn’t been enough to lift the fighter off […]

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22. Will 2016 be bleh, meh, or somewhere in between for comics sales?

2015 was a great year for comics, but comics sales were generally up in single digits, which is not a bad thing, but less growth than before. There have been many “storm on the horizon” type analyses, with Todd Allen summing up many of the existing risk factors. Recently retailer Brian Hibbs wrote extensively on […]

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23. Ariell R. Johnson: “Sometimes we want to be the hero, too.”

Ignite Philly 15  Ariell Johnson   Diversity in Comics   YouTubeBased on the astounding social media attention to my last post about Ariell R. Johnson and her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, it seems you want more Ariell. So I am very happy to oblige with the above video of Johnson talking at the Ignite Philly event last fall. Johnson talks about her own life as a nerd, who was the black Thundercat and her discovery of Storm, the first black superheroine she encountered: "When I found out about Storm I gripped on tight to her and never let her go."

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24. While He Waits For Secret Wars #9…

We *think* this is shipping soon?We talk to someone who's been waiting for Secret Wars to end before picking up any new Marvel titles. How has he been biding his time?

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25. The Year Ahead: Ideas for an ailing DC in 2016

superman_wonder_womanWhat does DC need to do to change its fortunes in the year to come?

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